Here at Abilene Ag, we carry a line of the very common medicines and supplements you will need to keep your animals healthy throughout the year – some of which will require an approval from your veterinarian to purchase. Please call ahead of time if you think what you need will need approval so we can assist you in any way we know how. Also, if we do not have what you are looking for, we will gladly order what you need to move forward with getting your animals healthy again.
Abilene Ag Products
We carry a full line of Hi-Pro feeds, select Lindner Show Pig feeds, BioZyme Products, and a few Sunglo feeds as well as our own Abilene Ag bulked and bagged feed. Supplements carried include those from Lindner, Sunglo, and BioZyme.
Available Feed and Supplements:
- Hi Pro Feeds
- Lindner Show Feeds
- Jacoby’s Feed and Seed
- Biozyme (VitaFerm, Sure Champ, VitaCharge)
- Sunglo Show Feeds
What does quality mean to you? To us, it means the finest materials, skilled craftsmanship, innovative design and attention to detail. You can rest assured that you’ll find them all in each and every product you buy from us. When you choose from our nearly full line of Weaver Leather Livestock products, you get unparalleled quality that will have you coming back again and again. That’s our promise to you and your success as a showman.
As we all know, training pigs can be quite a tedious process. It could take about every ounce of patience that we may have, but we also know that in the long run it is well worth it. So how does one go about getting it done correctly? Here are a few helpful tips on how to start getting your pigs ready for the show ring!
1. Start by letting them get to know you. Spend some time in their pens and make sure they aren’t running away from you before you get them out for the first time.
2. When you have decided they aren’t afraid anymore, get them out of the pen and have them walk around on their own, then introduce the whip.
3. As you start to use the whip, remember to be extra patient with your pig. They are new to the process, but you may not be. The calmer you are about training them, the better they will learn.
4. When they have learned how to do the basic stop, go, and turn, start training them to get their heads up. This is a trend in the industry and it will cause for a better show ring appeal from your animal.
Sometimes this process can take a couple days, a couple weeks, or you may have one who gives you problems the entire time you have it. No matter the circumstance, remember to never give up on your animal and give them the best shot that you can to make them successful!
There are always people around who will be willing to help you with any questions and give tips when they can. Use your resources and ASK QUESTIONS!
As a former showman myself, I found that it was amazing the outcome I would have when I knew what my animal looked like from every angle. Whether you are showing cattle, lambs, goats, or pigs, it is so important to know how your animal looks when the judge looks at it. Here are some tips for how to practice this part of your training at home!
1. HAVE SOMEONE TAKE A VIDEO OF YOU. When you are at the barn walking your animals, you should be treating it like you are in the show ring. If you are doing that, have someone video you and take pictures so you can go back and watch them later. If you watch it, you will know what your animal looks like with you behind the whip, stick, or halter.
2. HAVE SOMEONE WALK YOUR ANIMAL FOR YOU. If you know someone who can walk your animals for you, then let them for a minute or two. It is good to see what they look like in person as well as a video.
3. When you go to a show, HAVE SOMEONE VIDEO YOU WHILE YOU ARE SHOWING. There is not a better way to see how your animal looks than when they do in the show ring. Study the video and figure out how you can show your animal better.
When you can show your animals to hide their flaws and show off their best views, you will have optimum results in the show ring at the end of your journey!
This isn’t a sermon about how God is always watching what you do. Although, NEVER forget that He is! Nor is it an article on what Santa Claus has been seeing you do all year to decide if you have been naughty or nice. This is simply a few thoughts to always remember as showman.
As a former showman, I learned a very important lesson. My dad would always point me in the direction to watch certain individuals in and out of the ring. With major show season about to be in full swing, I figured it would be a good reminder to read a few things on what it takes to be successful in all things we do in the barn at home or on the road at shows. We really never appreciate the fact that we are setting an example to everyone who may be watching us on the sidelines. There is a quote that says, “Somewhere in this barn, there is a little kid that wants to be just like you someday. You owe it to them to be the BEST you can be.”
THIS QUOTE IS FOR ALL AGES. As a young showman, I would find someone to watch at each show and try to be like them. The reasons were many. 1) Becoming a better showman. 2) How the judge reacts to the presentation of the animal. 3) How to make your animal unique. 4) How to show the best of your animal. 5) How to hide the faults of your animal. And the list could go on and on. The best part of recognizing this at any age is the ability to continually improve and become better. After all, we spend so much time and work into an animal project. Not even to mention the time and money our families put in with us. So it doesn’t always apply to younger or inexperienced showman. It applies always to every showman no matter the age or experience. As I became more experienced, I would get comfortable and found out I was losing an edge at times. I learned that I would need to get back to the basics and look to always improve. Remember SOMEONE IS ALWAYS WATCHING YOU!
INSIDE & OUTSIDE THE SHOW RING. People are watching, ALWAYS. Whether you are inside the show ring or outside of the show ring, people are always watching. Act responsible and be an example when you are hanging out with your friends or feeding your animals.
Lastly, HELP THOSE WHO ASK FOR IT. As competitors, we always want to find an edge. We all have found something that helps the performance of our animal projects.. But always remember everyone else has to. Sometimes we want to hold back advice to gain an edge and put that information in our “back pockets”. What I found in my experience is that the more I helped others when asked, the more that I learned from others. I found it more beneficial to give advice when people need it. Help those little ones that are just starting out, or the ones that have been showing for a while but are stuck on something and can’t move past it. There is nothing more satisfying than falling to sleep at night knowing you have your integrity intact! SOMEONE IS ALWAYS WATCHING YOU!
Good luck on your projects everyone! Let us know if we can help.